Skills for Bees Outreach Trainee

Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Sittingbourne, Kent

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 21st December 2018  

A unique opportunity to join a successful and growing conservation charity!

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT) is looking for a part-time Skills for Bees Outreach Trainee to support survey and engagement work with Making a Buzz for the Coast. This is an ambitious natural heritage project focussed on safeguarding rare bee populations in north Kent, with Heritage Lottery Funding for habitat improvements and community engagement.

This role is an exciting opportunity to inspire the local people of Kent to take action for bumblebees through innovative engagement activities. The traineeship will also involve working with and supporting volunteers with BeeWalk, our national bumblebee monitoring scheme. The successful candidate will have a proven interest in wildlife conservation and an interest in public engagement. You will be self-motivated and enthusiastic, with good communication and IT skills.

Person Specification 


  • Currently undertaking or recently completed an HND/degree in ecology, environmental science or equivalent OR having a proven interest in the environment and actively seeking employment in this field.


  • Proven interest in the environment and biodiversity recording.
  • Full clean driving licence.
  • Computer literate including the confident use of Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Willingness to work some weekends and evenings.


  • Basic bumblebee identification skills.
  • Some experience in volunteering and/or supporting volunteers.
  • Experience in biodiversity recording and species identification.

Personal Qualities

  • A mature approach and the ability to communicate effectively with the public.
  • An ability to work on your own initiative.
  • Good attention to detail.
  • Confident and outgoing.

Other considerations 

  1. The role is advertised as a paid, part-time, fixed-term post  
  2. The role is offered on a fixed term agreement for 9 months starting in February 2019.  
  3. The appointment will be subject to a one-month probationary period.  
  4. No person shall be treated less favourably than another on the grounds of sex, sexual orientation, marital status, race, ethnic or national origin, religion, colour, age or disability.  
  5. As an equal opportunities employer, applicants for vacancies shall be short-listed for interview and appointed purely on the grounds of their suitability for the post as laid out in the advertised role description (subject to procedures below).  
  6. All staff and volunteers share a common duty to recruit members and volunteers and enhance the good reputation of the Trust whenever the opportunity arises.  
  7. Under Section 7 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, all staff have a legal responsibility to:   
    1. Take all reasonable care of their health and safety while at work.
    2. Ensure as far as reasonably practicable the safety of other persons, whether other employees or members of the public, who may be adversely affected by their own actions.
    3. Cooperate with the Trust to enable it to discharge its obligations satisfactorily.
  8. The position will be based from our office in Sittingbourne with regular travel for meetings, training and events across Kent.

Application Process  

Apply online attaching an up to date CV (not more than 2 pages):
Once this has been received a full job description and application form will be sent to you which will also need to be returned.

We encourage applications from all backgrounds and communities and are committed to having a charity that is made up of diverse skills and experiences.

Any questions on the role please contact the MAB team on Please note we are not able to accept applications on this email for GDPR purposes.


Pension: This fixed-term post is eligible for the BBCT pension scheme (7% Employer contribution). 
Location: Based from our office in Sittingbourne with regular travel for meetings, training and events within the project area of Kent. 
Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Suite 33, 940 The Innovation Building, Kent Science Park, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 8HL 
Hours of work: 3 days per week (21 hours). 
Annual leave: 21 (on a pro-rata basis for part-time staff) in Annual leave entitlement inclusive of Bank/Public Holidays. 
Training - Generous Training Package (Internal and External Training)

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